Palestinian boy killed by Israeli forces near Ramallah

Odeh Mohammad Odeh was killed in the village of al-Midya, west of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (Twitter)

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  June 2, 2022

Palestinian media reports that Odeh Mohammad Odeh, 17, was playing with a group of friends when they came under Israeli fire.

Israeli forces fatally shot a 17-year-old Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, making him the fourth Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in 48 hours.

Odeh Mohammad Odeh was hit in the chest in the village of al-Midya, west of Ramallah, the Palestinian ministry of health said.

He arrived at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in critical condition, where he succumbed to his wounds. 

Palestinian news agency Wafa, citing local sources, said Odeh was playing with a group of friends near the separation wall when they came under fire. 

Ragheb Sadaqa, head of Midya village council, said Odeh posed no danger to the soldiers who shot him and there were no confrontations at the time of his killing. 

The 700-kilometre separation wall, built by Israel in 2002 for “security reasons”, is deemed unlawful by the UN’s legal body, the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli troops killed Ayman Mahmoud Muhaisen, 29, during a raid on a refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank.

On Wednesday, two Palestinians were shot and killed in separate incidents. 

Bilal Awad Tawfiq Kabha, 24, was killed in a raid on Jenin city, in the north of the West Bank, late in the evening. In the morning, journalist Ghufran Warasneh, 31, was killed by Israeli soldiers on her way to a new job with local media.

Odeh is the 16th Palestinian teenager to be killed by Israeli fire this year. Overall, 65 Palestinians, including four who are citizens of Israel, have been killed in 2022.